What works: Successful community pubs

The Power to Change Research Institute commissioned NatCen Social Research and WPI Economics to study established businesses in the community pub sector, to identify key success factors and draw out lessons for others operating in this sector.

Four business were studied in-depth: The Anglers Rest in Derbyshire, The Centurion in Chester, The George and Dragon in the Yorkshire Dales, and The Drovers Inn in Dorset. Drawing on these case studies, and other sources, the research found a number of high-level success factors common across community businesses in the pub sector. These included selection of ownership model, access to specialist support, community and political support, and access to finance. The success factors are described more fully in the research report and summary.

By Malen Davies, Guy Miscampbell, Matt Barnard and Steve Hughes